A settlement conference is scheduled for Jan. 19 at FERC concerning FERC’s Dec. 28, 2015, finding that ISO New England’s Transmission, Markets and Services Tariff “is unjust, unreasonable and unduly discriminatory or preferential,” Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge Carmen Cintron said in an order issued on Jan. 11.
FERC said that while its Jan. 8 order involving NextEra Energy Transmission West LLC granted incentive rate treatment and set return on equity (ROE) matters for hearing, the ROE request associated with the cost cap agreed to in the competitive solicitation through the California ISO presented issues that should be addressed at a technical conference.
A proposed decision provides more flexibility in how investor-owned utilities achieve their energy storage procurement targets, finds that voluntary storage deployments by utility customers should count toward utility targets and defers resolution of some other issues regarding storage operations.
While some work remains, the Island Falls to Key Lake transmission line is in service and is forecasted to come in under the established budget of C$380m (US$ 270m), a SaskPower spokesperson told TransmissionHub Jan. 11.
San Diego Gas & Electric and NV Energy told FERC in separate Jan. 7 filings that they support the California ISO’s plan to address a change in ownership and control of the Merchant substation and switchyard so that the facilities will become part of the Cal-ISO balancing authority area.
No party to the proceedings or FERC trial staff opposes the settlement agreement and accordingly, approval of the settlement agreement is in the public interest, Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge Carmen Cintron said.
The planned retirement of the North Valmy coal-fired power plant is closely linked to the completion of the Boardman to Hemingway transmission line, an Idaho Power spokesperson told TransmissionHub Jan. 6.
As noted in FERC’s Jan. 7 order, the commission in January 2015 denied the complaint of Exelon and Calpine against ISO-NE, filed under sections 206 and 306 of the Federal Power Act, which alleged that certain provisions of ISO-NE’s tariff relevant to the forward capacity market were unjust, unreasonable and unduly discriminatory.